Pumpkins are a sign of transition. They are a fruit of the in-between, caught between a change of seasons, caught between life and death. As the days grow shorter and the darkness stronger, pumpkins are heralds of something ancient and primal. Pumpkins are gateways between this world and the next.
What would have happened if someone as smart as Tony Stark had lived during the Victorian era? He’d probably have been the forefather of steampunk and revolutionised the world. Or, that’s what he’d say in his own words anyway.
In this article, I’m featuring a series of photos based on a steampunk version of Iron Man. This shoot involved experimenting with various angles and playing around with the light settings for my camera.
“The key isn’t winning or losing. It’s making the attempt. I may never be what I ought to be, want to be, but how will I know unless I try? Sure, it’s scary. But what’s the alternative? Stagnation. A safer, more terrible form of death. Not of the body, but of the spirit. An animal knows what it is and accepts it. A man may know what he is but he questions. He dreams. He strives. Changes. Grows.”
Steampunk is a fascinating genre that combines Victorian aesthetics with dystopian themes. From an artistic perspective, cogs, brass and metal are common tropes and this provides the opportunity for some stunning backdrops and scenes. Photography Fables is going to regularly feature steampunk photos and a collection I enjoyed experimenting with recently involved a steampunk skull that I’m going to refer to as Steampunk Terminator.
October is one of my favourite months of the year. It’s a time of seasonal change, of shorter days, darker nights and bright colours. It’s a time when the barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is meant to be thinner and there’s a lot of creativity to be mined from that sensation.
Sinister things can happen in the woods. Forests instil an ancient kind of fear. It makes us imagine stalking predators and monsters hiding in bushes. This concept inspired me to create a collection of photographs and a story called Haunted Woods.
When The Witcher drew his silver sword, all hell broke loose.
From an early age, comics have been one of my biggest inspirations. Larger than life characters like Captain America and Wolverine act as symbols of hope for what’s possible and show us what can be achieved when we put our minds to different situations.
Comics are exciting, exceptional and can be great mental health tools as well. That’s why Photography Fables will regularly feature collections of photos that are inspired by different comic characters. We’ll start with one of the most complex characters in the history of comics, Magneto. I call this mini collection ‘Magneto Was Right.’
Every photographer remembers the day they got their first camera and in my case I was feeling pretty damn excited to get my hands on a Canon EOS 2000D. Having done some research, I’d found that it was a suitable beginner camera within my price range and since I’ve started to get used to the camera, I’ve appreciated the fact that the EOS 2000D has a handy walkthrough guide of different settings and features.
Eager to set off on my photography quest, I decided that there was no better place than to begin than in my local area of Chorlton in South Manchester and get lost in the suburban wilderness somewhere. That’s where Turn Moss came in.